Paul Lato Chardonnay Le Souvenir Sierra Madre Vineyard 2020
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Paul Lato Chardonnay ‘Le Souvenir’ Sierra Madre Vineyard 2020 is a remarkable expression of balance and tension. Sourced from the esteemed Sierra Madre Vineyard in the Santa Maria Valley appellation, this wine captivates with its intriguing mineral character and vibrant profile. Crafted by the talented winemaker Paul Lato, it is a true testament to his expertise and dedication.
In the glass, this Chardonnay displays a pale golden color that shimmers with elegance. The aroma is beautifully aromatic, unveiling notes of vibrant Hawthorne flowers, crushed rock, and enticing key lime pie. These scents intertwine harmoniously, drawing you in with their alluring complexity.
On the palate, Le Souvenir offers a steely and precise entry, driven by high-toned acidity. The flavors unfold gracefully, revealing the essence of Meyer lemon zest and tangy lime rind. The crisp and bright characteristics of this wine linger on the tongue, resulting in one of the lengthiest finishes in Paul Lato’s lineup. It leaves a lasting impression that invites you to savor each sip.
Renowned wine critics have showered praise on this exceptional Chardonnay. Jeb Dunnuck awarded it an impressive 97 points, highlighting its ripe and powerful nature. The wine has a light and concentrated flavor with hints of melon, honeyed lemon, toasted bread, and almond paste. The finish showcases classic Santa Maria salinity and minerality, adding to its overall appeal.
Additional critical acclaim comes from Wine Advocate, with a score of 96 points. The vintage has a charmingly traditional style with mature fragrances of apricot, apple pie, nutmeg, and jasmine. The full-bodied palate is beautifully ripe and concentrated, boasting seamless acidity and creamy banana nuances on the long finish. Aged for 16 months in 45% new French oak, this wine exudes elegance and finesse.
Vinous also joins in with 93 points, noting that the 2020 Chardonnay Sierra Madre Vineyard Le Souvenir strikes a delightful balance between richness and energy. The beverage features a blend of lemon confit, white pepper, tangerine oil, and dried flowers, along with subtle tropical undertones. Despite its weighty feel, this extrovertive Chardonnay remains captivating, offering a myriad of pleasures to explore.
Paul Lato Chardonnay ‘Le Souvenir’ Sierra Madre Vineyard 2020 is a truly exceptional California Chardonnay, showcasing the finest qualities of the Santa Maria Valley. With its harmonious interplay of flavors, bright acidity, and remarkable length, this wine is a testament to the artistry of Paul Lato and the renowned Sierra Madre Vineyard. Enjoy it now or cellar it for the next 4-6 years to witness its continued evolution.